22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Selcuk
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
4
Guzelyurt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Urgup
— 5 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Istanbul, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale journey app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

4
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a trip to Curetes Street, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk attractions website .

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Selcuk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Guzelyurt

Guzelyurt ©
Get out of town with these interesting Guzelyurt side-trips: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, St.Theodore Church, & more) and Nigde (Kayaardi Baglari & Alaeddin Camii).

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt travel route builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Selcuk to Guzelyurt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Nigde
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

5
nights
Urgup

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Urgup: Kursunlu Camii (in Kayseri) and Gore Harabeleri (in Gore). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gomeda Vadisi, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Urgup online trip planner .

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Urgup in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Urgup can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Gore Harabeleri, Peri Bacalari, Kursunlu Camii, Kocabag Winery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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